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Both Android and Windows 8.1 tablets are available

Dell announced a new line of tablets and laptop computers aimed at families and business users alike today including a convertible Ultrabook. The new machines include the Dell Venue tablet line, the XPS 11 two-in-one, and the XPS 15 laptop.

The Venue line of tablets has four ultrathin models including the Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro. The Venue 8 runs Windows 8.1 and uses HD resolution IPS display. The Venue 11 Pro also runs Windows 8.1 and features a detachable keyboard turning the tablet into an ultrabook. The machine also has a full HD resolution display and an active stylus allowing users to draw or take notes directly on the screen.

Venue 11 Pro

Dell also unveiled the Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android tablets. Both tablets use the Intel Atom Z2760 processor with the main difference being screen size. The Pro versions of the tablets run quad-core Bay Trail processors while the 11 Pro can be fitted with fourth-generation Intel Core i3 or i5 processors.

The XPS 11 weighs in at 2.5 pounds and is 11-15 mm thick making it the thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 ultrabook in the world according to Dell. The machine was designed with a tablet first process with laptop functionality. It transitions from a laptop to a tablet using a 360° rotating hinge. The XPS 11 also has a backlit touch keyboard and a display with 2560 x 1440 resolution measuring 11.6-inches.

XPS 11

The XPS 15 weighs 4.44 pounds and features a 15.6-inch screen with Quad HD+ resolution. It can be fitted with up to 1 TB of storage space or a 512 GB SSD. Processor options include fourth generation Core i5 and i7 parts. The Dell XPS 13 features a 13.3-inch screen and is also fitted with various for generation Intel Core processors. Despite having a larger 13.3-inch display, Dell says that this is the footprint similar to an 11-inch laptop.

The Venue 7, 8, 8 Pro, and XPS 15 will be available on October 18 in the US and other locations around the world. Pricing for those devices is $149.99, $179.99, $299.99, and $1499.99 respectively. The Venue 11 Pro, XPS 11, and XPS 13 with touch will all be available in November for $499.99, $999.99, and $999.99 respectively.

As reported last month, tablets based on Windows RT were nowhere to be found.

Source: Dell

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Dell gets it!
By drumsticks on 10/3/2013 11:54:34 AM , Rating: 2
A reasonably premium tablet premiering at $499.99 running bay trail and full windows 8.1. This is already much better than the Surface 2. The Venue 8 pro is also great! Resolution not the best at all, but an 8" tablet with stylus support and quad core bay trail for $299? Yes please!

RE: Dell gets it!
By Visual on 10/4/2013 5:08:41 AM , Rating: 2
The stylus was not mentioned for the 8 Pro, just the 11. But we will see... I don't care much for the Atom version either way.

I really hope the 11 Pro is not gimped too much in the GPU department... I guess I'd want at least HD4600, though I'll take GT3 if thermals allow it.

I am a bit confused by the benchmarks I see so far, notebookcheck for example shows a bigger performance gap between HD4400 and HD4600 (both GT2, 100MHz clock difference) than between HD4600 and HD5100 (GT2 vs GT3), and shows HD5000 as even slower than HD4600...

I'd not mind paying $1200 or up for the right tablet.

RE: Dell gets it!
By dstroope on 10/4/2013 11:50:11 AM , Rating: 2
Includes a stylus for the Pro 8... add in LTE, and this little guy is in my near future.

RE: Dell gets it!
By bah12 on 10/4/2013 12:00:59 PM , Rating: 2
Tether to your phone, most likely someone seriously using a tablet would also have a phone, and no need to pay for 2 data plans.

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs
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